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ENTHUSIASMS

T is the layman's privi-
lege to take the text for
his sermons wherever
he finds it. I take mine

from a French novel, a cynical story of an unpleasant person, Samuel Brohl, by Victor Cherbuliez; And this is the text and the whole ser

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“My son, we should lay up a stock of absurd enthusiasms in our youth or else we shall reach the end of our journey with an empty heart, for we lose a great many of them by the way.”

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And my message in its fashion shall be an appeal to enthusiasm in things of life, a call to do things because we love them, to love things because we do them, to eyes open,

the heart warm and the pulses swift, as we move across the field of life. “To take the old world by the hand and frolic with it;" this is Stevenson's recipe for joyousness. Old as the world is, let it be always new to us as we are new to it. Let it be

every morning made afresh by Him who “instantly and constantly reneweth the work of creation.” Let“the bit of green sod under

your

feet be the sweetest to you in this world, in any world.” Half the joy of life is in little things taken on

the run. Let us run if we must - even the sands do that — but let us keep our hearts

young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us. And everthing is worth our while, if we only grasp it and its significance. As we grow older it becomes harder to do this. A grown man sees nothing he was not ready to see in his youth. So long as enthusiasm lasts, so long is youth still with us.

To make all this more direct we may look to the various sources from which enthusiasm may be derived. What does the school give us in this direction? Intellectual drill, broadening of mental horizon, professional training, all this

we expect from school,college,and university and in every phase of this there is room for a thousand enthusiasms. Moreover, theschool gives us comradeship, the outlook on the hopes and aspirations of our fellows. It

opens to us the resources of young life, the luminous visions of the boys that are to be men. We come to know “the wonderful fellow to dream and plan, with the

great thing always to come, who knows?” His dream may be our inspiration as it passes, as its realization may bethe inspiration of future generations. In the school is life in the making, and with the rest we are making our own lives with the richest materials ever at

our hand. Life is contagious, and in the fact lies the meaning of Comradeship. “Gemeingeist unter freien Geistern,” comradery among free spirits: this is the definition of College Spirit given us by Hutten at Greifeswald, four centuries ago.

This definition serves for us today. Life is the same in every age. All days are one for all good things. They are all holy-days; to the freshman of today, all joys of comradery, all delights of free enthusiasm are just as open, just as fresh as ever they were. From the teacher like influences should proceed. Plodding and prodding is not the teacher's work. It is inspiration, on-leading, the flashing of enthusiasms. A teacher

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